Twenty-six inspiring youngsters from across the UK were recognised at this year’s British Citizen Youth Award (BCyA) for their extraordinary contribution to society, charities and good causes.
Chloe Blanchfield from Stourport-on-Severn was honoured for her efforts at a formal presentation held at the Palace of Westminster on Wednesday 16th October, attended by 120 guests including the host, Rt. Hon. Lord Blunkett, patrons Dame Mary Perkins, Nicky Cox MBE and presenter Kimberly Wyatt.
Now in its fourth year, the BCyA, in association with Specsavers, highlights individual acts of bravery, kindness and compassion from young people under the age of 18 across the UK.
On her daily route to school, 11-year-old Chloe noticed the amount of litter discarded by passers-by. Her concern was for animals grazing in nearby fields as well as wildlife and marine life. The charity ‘Keep Britain Tidy’ organised The Great British Spring Clean to run in March and April which gave Chloe the perfect opportunity to clear this route up and help the environment. Chloe litter picked her school route of 5.3 miles every day for 33 days and collected 63 bags of litter. Being part of the junior ‘Pickup Artists’ volunteer group Chloe continued to litter pick through local Nature reserves and community areas, encouraging her friends and other pupils at her school to care about the environment as much as she does.
Chloe has inspired people in her local community to follow her lead and continues to raise awareness regarding litter pollution across three communities of Stourport-on-Severn, Kidderminster and Bewdley. Throughout her challenge, a Facebook blog of her daily achievements was watched by many community members. The #chloeeffect has seen many children post their litter picking achievements to Chloe so she can see just how many people she has inspired to take on her passion for a litter-free earth.
Chloe received her BCyA medal from Kimberly Wyatt, Presenter of Got to Dance and member of The Pussycat Dolls.
“I am honoured to present the British Citizen Youth Awards. This awards programme shines a light on the efforts of our youth and is something to be revered. The world needs more young people like these leading our communities”.
Dame Mary Perkins, Co-Founder of Specsavers and BCyA Patron said “These unsung heroes are the rising stars of the future – let us shine a light on them and Celebrate! I hope that many more youngsters will follow in their footsteps”.
Following the formal medal presentations, all guests were treated to an Open Top Lap of Honour Tour of the capital courtesy of Big Bus London, which has supported the BCyA since its inception.
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2020 medal presentations, register online at www.britishcitizenyouthawards.co.uk.